I've been thinking a lot...
by, 10-19-2008 at 02:19 AM
... about a bunch of different subjects. I'll list a couple.
YouTube - I rarely go on YouTube anymore just because the comments a good majority of people put make me want to do a *head desk*. I'm all for opinions, but fighting with someone because they don't like a TV show/band/movie or someone thought the video was stupid is just flat out... Stupid! Also, the precious gift of spelling completely goes out the window (but this happens more than just on YouTube, obviously). When I go on now, I look for the video, watch it, favorite it if it's worth it, and never scroll down to people's comments. Does this picture fit appropriately?
Music - How do horrible sounding bands get record deals, and why do you fantastic bands seem to sell out? To answer the first half of that question:
IMO, the music produced now-a-days is so cliched, overly done, repeatable, and predictable. This can probably be spoken for every genre, it's sort of sad. Some record companies and bands are all about big money, and as long as you put an attractive girl/boy on the mic and then put some generic lyrics with common chords, they will be raking in the dough. The people who are actually making music to make music are being thrown to the curb, while the rest are getting the "big break". It's a disappointment.
The second part of the question is a bit tricky, since some bands actually become better when signing with bigger record labels.
Simply put, if a record company doesn't like how you're producing, recording, sounding, and promoting your next big hit, you're most likely going to have a lot of your own ideas overrun by someone who believes the "right" way is their way. Now, I could be wrong on this part, but lately a lot of good and decent bands have been signing with cash cows. Death Cab For Cutie, AFI, Tiger Army, just to name a few. It's a shame to see how some musicians fall into the category of "doormat".
Anyways, enough of me ranting, I have to go to sleep. Goodnight!